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[View the story "TWC's Plan to Name Winter Storms Stirs Industry Discussion" on Storify]TWC's Plan to Name Winter Storms Stirs Industry DiscussionThe Weather Channel announced Tuesday that they planned to start naming winter storms, similar to how the National Weather Service names tropical systems. What do you think?Storified by Accu Weather · Tue, Oct 02 2012 10:23:46The Weather Channel announced Tuesday that they planned to start naming winter storms, similar to how the National Weather Service names tropical systems. Why?"-Naming a storm raises awareness.-Attaching a name makes it much easier to follow a weather system's progress.-A storm with a name takes on a personality all its own, which adds to awareness.-In today's social media world, a name makes it much easier to reference in communication.-A named storm is easier to remember and refer to in the future."What do you think? Tweet @AccuWeather with your response.Why The Weather Channel is Naming Winter Storms - weather.comDuring the upcoming 2012-13 winter season The Weather Channel will name noteworthy winter storms. Our goal is to better communicate the t...We are concerned about the lack of strict criteria with naming winter storms. Your thoughts? http://ow.ly/e9v2uAccuWeather.com@accuweather @capitalweather needs to be coordinated with NWS and other private sector interests for sure.James Spann Agree! RT @spann: @accuweather needs to be coordinated with NWS and other private sector interests for sure.Capital Weather Gang@accuweather I do NOT like this idea on naming winter storms. The general public would be confused ESPECIALLY if NWS and other sectors dontMichael CasellaHurricanes r big storms b4 they hit; NE'ers form over us MT @accuweather: lack of strict criteria naming winter storms http://ow.ly/e9xE5Jesse Ferrell@MMMIKLC @accuweather best to not confuse them even more! Also winter storms are so difficult to predict. Can vary hourly, reallyMichael CasellaTWC naming storms will end up causing more confusion for the public. The criteria needs to be defined like the one I did....Henry MargusityHere's the link to the winter storm criteria I did a few years ago. http://ow.ly/e9MhhHenry MargusityOther media outlets may now be forced to adopt same names to avoid confusion and at the same time reference the weather channel.Dan DePodwinWeather Channel to begin naming some winter storms: http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/nation/2012/10/02/snowstorm-blizzard-names-weather-channel/1606531/. From a "weather communication" standpoint, I'm OK with this.Jon NeseNWS Buffalo has named lake-effect snowstorms for years. http://www.erh.noaa.gov/buf/lakeffect/indexlk.html. New TWC winter wx expert Tom Niziol was MIC at NWS BuffaloJon Nese@accuweather lake effect rains and snows are usually met by some 'where did that come from' nonsense, however 'severe' is enoughExtra Only LifeA lot of the attention went to the Weather Channel's choice of names, which made for a lot of LOLs.The @weatherchannel went highbrow with its 2012-13 winter storm names http://pic.twitter.com/exSWcbxGErin Ruberry@memphisweather1 I can see the headlines: "Winter Storm Draco Malfoy pummels Southeast with whiny disposition and bleached hair."Kelton HalbertWinter Storm Nielsen: A storm that you definitely need to watch us for more info about, because it's sweeps month! #RejectedTWCNamesKevin Scharfenberg@spann @accuweather @capitalweather Agreed. While some of the names are "cool" I'm not sure Q and Rocky really what we we want.Dan DePodwinWinter Storm NBC - arrival times keep on getting delayed. #RejectedTWCNamesSenh@accuweather http://www.weather.com/news/winter-storm-names-20121001 like I said. Names not scary enough for #wny. And, unlike the myth, WS Gandolf will pass. LolTodd CatalanoWinter Storm Texas Tough - Nothing says "snow day" like an inch of snow. #RejectedTWCNamesCory MartinBest reply of the morning RT: @RubWonOutBBQ @ericfishertwc they should use a list of ex girlfriends. I know all mine were cold.Eric Fisher
Storified by Accu Weather · Tue, Oct 02 2012 10:23:46
Frigid conditions and heavy snow led to widespread and extensive school cancellations and delays last year. How will this winter shape up?
A storm will spin up along the New England coast at midweek and will take on characteristics of a
nor'easter with drenching wind-swept rain and coastal flooding in some locations.
Storms, including Ana, are lining up over the northern Pacific, en route to the northwestern United States and British Columbia.
Attention in the tropics is turning to the swath from southeastern Mexico to Cuba, Florida and the Bahamas, where a new tropical system is budding this week.
Cars were swallowed by rushing floodwaters that diced through streets in the Canary Islands, Spain, over the weekend.
A new moon allowed for the perfect background for the Orionid Meteor Shower, which peaked on Tuesday Oct. 21 and into the morning of Oct. 22.
SW Caribbean (1998)
Tropical Storm Mitch formed. Mitch went on
to lead to devastating flooding and loss of
life across Central America later in the month.
Tuscaloosa, AL (1884)
No rain from August 28-October 22. Severe
drought throughout Southeast.
Temperature reached 104 degrees at San Diego
(record for date). Record for date 100
degrees at Los Angeles (downtown). Climax of
heat wave of record duration in Southern